Programme PNS 2008.pdf - Vienna Medical Academy


Programme PNS 2008.pdf - Vienna Medical Academy

Present State of

Peripheral Nerve Surgery and How

to Achieve further Improvement

March 14-16, 2008 · General Hospital Vienna, Lecture Halls

Organiser: Millesi Center

Austrian Cluster for Tissue and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute

for Clinical and Experimental Traumatology


General Hospital Lecture Halls, Level 7

Währinger Gürtel 18-20

1090 Vienna, Austria


Hanno Millesi

Robert Schmidhammer

Hector Giocoli

Alberto Alexandre


Vienna Medical Academy of

Postgraduate Education & Research

Ms. Claudia Schantl

Alser Strasse 4

1090 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43 (1) 405 13 83 32

Fax: +43 (1) 407 82 74





Bundesministerium für Bildung,

Wissenschaft und Kultur

Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft

Wr. Privatklinik


Millesi Center

Vienna Convention Bureau


Carl Zeiss GmbH., Wien

General Information


Medizinische Ausstellungs- u. Werbegesellschaft MAW

Ms. Maria Hamata

Freyung 6/3, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43 (1) 536 63 38, Fax: +43 (1) 535 60 16



Mondial Congress

Ms. Barbara Rosskopf

Operngasse 20b, 1040 Vienna Austria

Phone: +43 (1) 58804 138, Fax: +43 (1) 58804 185



Participation in the scientific sessions of the

Symposium is recognized within the Postgraduate

Education Programme of the Austrian Medical

Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive



General Information 2

Exhibitors 2

Welcome 3

General Plan 4

Social Programme 4

Programme 5

Programme Friday 5

Programme Saturday 5-7

Programme Sunday 7-9

Poster Session 10

Main Author´s Index 11

Sponsors 12



Peripheral nerve surgery is in a

permanent evolution. It is worthwhile

from time to time to sit down in a

lovely atmosphere and to pass in

review recent clinical work and new

informations provided by basic

research. It is our aim to provide such

an environment. We welcome you. We

are looking forward to your personal

contributions and we hope that you

will get yourself some useful impact.

Join us and enjoy three days in Vienna

in a relaxed cultural atmosphere.

Hanno Millesi

Andrea Kdolsky

Austrian Minister for Health, Family and Youth

Michael Häupl

Mayor of the City of Vienna

Wolfgang Schütz

Rector of the Medical University of Vienna

Friday, March 14, 2008

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Poster Session

Friday, March 14, 2008

Saturday, March 15, 2008

General plan

18.30-20.00 hrs: Registration, Poster Set-Up, Welcome Reception

Scientific Programme

8.30 – 9.00 hrs (I) Welcome and Introduction

9.00 – 11.00 hrs (II) Progress in Research – PART I

11.00 – 11.30 hrs Coffee break

11.30 - 13.30 hrs (II) Progress in Research – PART II

13.30 – 14.30 hrs Lunch

14.30 - 16.30 hrs (III) Bridging defects

Scientific Programme

9.00 - 10.00 hrs (IV) End to Side Coaptation

10.00 – 11.00 hrs (V) Brain Plasticity

11.00 – 11.30 hrs Coffee break

11.30 - 12.20 hrs (VI) Diagnostic

12.20 – 13.00 hrs (VII) Round Table TIMING

13.00 – 14.00 hrs Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 hrs (VIII) Clinic and lumbo-sacral plexus

15.30 hrs Summaries of the Symposium and Closing

11.00 - 11.30 hrs

Social programme

18.30 hrs Welcome reception at the congress venue (no fee)

General Hospital Lecture Halls, Level 7

Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna

20.15 hrs Classical Concert at Palais Auersperg & Cocktail

Vienna Residence Orchestra

Auerspergstrasse 1, 1080 Vienna

Vienna Residence Orchestra

The Vienna Residence Orchestra, a chamber orchestra with a long tradition, was established by pianist and

conductor Paul Moser in order to present the Viennese classics in full. The numerous ranges of events in recent

decades were presented in Vienna's most beautiful palace. The orchestra plays pieces from Mozart to Johann

Strauss with between 10 and 40 musicians. In 1991 the orchestra was the official Austrian representative at

Mozart's anniversary celebrations and played numerous concerts at the "Wiener Klangbogen" festival.


Friday, March 14, 2008

18.30 -20.00 hrs Registration, Poster Set-Up, Welcome Reception at the Conference Venue

General Hospital Vienna, Lecture Halls, Level 7

Saturday, March 15, 2008

8.30 - 9.00 hrs I) Welcome & Introduction

H. Millesi (20min.)

What are the over all results of peripheral nerve repair today?

H. Millesi (Vienna, Austria) and J.B. Jaquet (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

9.00 - 11.00 hrs II) Progress in Research - PART I

Chair: T. Brushart (Baltimore, Maryland, USA), T. Gordon (Edmonton, Canada)

01 Schwann Phenotype is Regulated by Modality and Location (8min.+2)

T. Brushart, M. Aspalter, R. Redett, R. Jari, A. Vyas, A. Hoke (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

02 Electroporation of peripheral nerve

to alter schwann cell gene expression in vivo (8min.+2)

M. Aspalter, A. Vyas, J. Feiner, T. Brushart, R. Redett (Baltimore, USA)

03 Expression of ATF3 in motor neurons, sensory neurons and schwann cells

and axonal outgrowth after delayed nerve repair (8min.+2)

H. Saito, L. B. Dahlin (Tokyo, Japan)

04 Shock wave Therapy in peripheral nerve repair: Investigation

in a rat sciatic nerve repair model (8min.+2)

G. Halat, H. Redl, T. Hausner, S. Zandieh, R. Hopf, W. Schaden,

R. Schmidhammer (Vienna, Austria)

05 Electrical stimulation of injured sensory neurons promotes axon outgrowth

both in the peripheral as well as the central nervous systems (8min.+2)

T. Gordon (Edmonton, Canada)

06 Laser Phototherapy as a Supportive Factor for Accelerating and

Enhancing Axonal Growth and Regeneration for Treatment of Peripheral Nerve Injury

(from basic science to clinical study) (8min.+2)

S. Rochkind, M. Alon, A. Shahar, Z. Nevo (Tel Aviv, Israel)

07 Mechanism of neuronal apoptosis, and non-invasive monitoring

of neuroprotection (8min.+2)

G. Terenghi, M. Wiberg (Manchester, United Kingdom)

08 Expression of P75NGFR and VEGF in human nerve grafts (8min.+2)

T. Ylä-Kotola, S. Kauhanen, I. Leivo, E. Tukiainen, S. Asko-Seljavaara (Helsinki, Finland)

09 Treadmill exercise enhances axon regeneration by enhancing autocrine/paracrine

neuronal neurotrophin signaling (8min.+2)

A. English, M. Sabatier, A. Mulligan, J. Rodriguez, D. Cucoranu (Atlanta, USA)


11.00 - 11.30 hrs Coffee break


11.30 - 13.30 hrs II) Progress in Research - PART II

Chair: D. Chiu (New Yok, USA), R. Schmidhammer (Vienna, Austria)

10 Rat vs mouse median nerve repair: experimental model for

peripheral nerve regeneration research (8min.+2)

P. Tos, S. Geuna, S. Raimondo, S. Nicolino, C. Audisio, G. Ronchi, M. Fornaro,

B. Battiston (Torino, Italy)

11 Iron chelation at the nerve coaptation site to improve nerve regeneration (8min.+2)

N. Sinis, T. Lanaras, F. Werdin, A. Kraus, M. Haerle, N. Papagiannoulis, T. Danker,

E. Guenther, F. Di Scipio, S. Geuna, H.W. Mueller, C. Masannek,

S. Hermanns and H.E. Schaller (Tübingen, Germany)

12 Reinnervation of the denervated forelimb muscles following brachial plexus injury:

technical approaches (8min.+2)

A. Nógrádi, A. Szabó, S. Pintér (Szeged, Hungary)

13 Re-Entry Spinal Cord Reinnervation: conceptualization

and experimentation (8min.+2)

D. Chiu (New York, USA)

14 Manganese enhanced magnetic resonance imaging in a contusion model of

rat spinal cord injury – correlation with motorfunction (8min.+2)

N. Walder, M. Brejnikow, A.H. Petter-Puchner, B. Stieltjes, M. Essig,

R. Schmidhammer, H. Redl (Vienna, Austria)

15 A modified erythropoietin affects secondary injury and improves neurological

recovery after spinal cord injury (8min.+2)

M. Brejnikow, S. Strohbach, K. Vorauer-Uhl, H. Katinger, R Schmidhammer,

H. Redl (Vienna, Austria)

16 Experimental neurotization of totally avulsed brachial plexus by grafting

from cortico-spinal tract (below T3): a suggestion for bilateral brachial plexus

avulsions or unilateral avulsion with paraplegia (8min.+2)

G. Brunelli (Brescia, Italy)

17 Research on Traumatic Paraplegia: Microsurgical Connection of the Above

the Lesion Cord with Peripheral Nerves (C.N.S.-P.N.S. Connection) (8min.+2)

G. Brunelli (Brescia, Italy)

18 Satellite cell proliferation, reinnervation, and revascularization in human

non-innervated free microvascular muscle flaps (8min.+2)

S. Kauhanen, I. Leivo, S. Asko-Seljavaara (Helsinki, Finland)

19 Adaptation of human microneurovascular muscle flaps

to the paralyzed face (8min.+2)

S. Kauhanen, T. Ylä-Kotola, I. Leivo, E. Tukiainen, S. Asko-Seljavaara (Helsinki, Finland)


13.30 - 14.30 hrs Lunch break


14.30 - 16.30 hrs III) Bridging defects

Chair: M. Wiberg (Umeå, Sweden), L. Dahlin (Malmö, Sweden)

20 Radial nerve defect after neuroma excision bridged by an epineural

conduit technique, case report (8min.+2)

I. Ignatiadis, S. Vasilas, A. Avram, P. Mavromati, N. Gerostathopoulos (Athens, Greece)

21 How will we repair nerves and bridge nerve gaps in the future? (8min.+2)

M. Wiberg, M. Åberg, P. Kingham and G. Terenghi (Umeå, Sweden)

22 Negative results in bridging nerve defects using grafts constructed

by tissue engineering (8min.+2)

S. Geuna, P. Tos, B. Battiston, F. Di Scipio, S. Raimondo, I. Papalia, S. Amado,

P.A. Armada-da-Silva, A.P. Veloso, A.S. Varejão, A.C. Maurício (Orbassano (TO), Italy)

23 Long-term effects of costimulation blockade in

nerve allograft transplantation (8min.+2)

M. Kvist, M. Kanje, H. Ekberg, M. Corbascio, LB. Dahlin (Malmö, Sweden)

24 Chondroitinase-treated decellularized nerve allograft supports axonal

regeneration (8min.+2)

G. Borschel (St. Louis, USA)

25 Fibrin matrix for suspension of regenerative cells

in an artificial nerve conduit (8min.+2)

D.F. Kalbermatten, P.J. Kingham, W. Raffoul, D.V. Egloff, G. Pierer, M. Wiberg,

G. Terenghi (Lausanne, Switzerland)

26 Patterned porosity in tubular collagen-based scaffold

for peripheral nerve regeneration (8min.+2)

A. Sannino (Lecce, Italy)

27 Peripheral nerve regeneration: nerve tissue engineering using

an optimized collagen scaffold (8min.+2)

A. Bozkurt, G.A. Brook, F. Lassner, S. Möllers, B. Sellhaus. J. Weis, L. Olde Damink,

F. Schügner, I. Heschel, N. Pallua (Aachen, Germany)


20.15 hrs Classical Concert at Palais Auersperg

Sunday, March 16, 2008

9.00 - 10.00 hrs IV) End to Side Coaptation

Chair: H. Millesi (Vienna, Austria), G. Terenghi (Manchester, United Kingdom)

28 Experimental and clinical employment of end-to-side coaptation:

our experience (8min.+2)

P. Tos, S. Geuna, I. Papalia, L.G. Conforti, S. Artiaco, B. Battiston (Torino, Italy)


29 Aging and end-to-side nerve repair in the rat (8min.+2)

U. Kovacic, T. Mars, T. Zele, J. Sketelj, F. F. Bajrovic (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

30 Synergistic nerve fiber transfer by end-to-side coaptation:

A new application (8min.+2)

R. Schmidhammer (Vienna, Austria)

31 Restoration of Elbow Function Using Reverse End-to-Side Anastomosis

between Ulnar Fascicles and Musculocutaneous Nerve in

Late Incomplete Obstetrical Erb’s Palsy (8min.+2)

S. Rochkind, M. Shafi, M. Alon, H. Patish (Tel Aviv, Israel)

32 Reinnervation of the thenar muscles in irreparable high median nerve lesions

by nerve fiber transfer from terminal motor branches of the ulnar nerve

via end-to-side coaptation (8min.+2)

H. Millesi (Vienna, Austria)


10.00 - 11.00 hrs V) Brain Plasticity

Chair: G. Brunelli (Brescia, Italy), A. English (Atlanta, USA)

33 Brain plasticity after facial reanimation imaged by fMRI (8min.+2)

T. Ylä-Kotola, S. Kauhanen, S. Suominen, E. Tukiainen, A. Korvenoja,

S. Asko-Seljavaara (Helsinki, Finland)

34 10 years experience with the use of botolinum toxin type A in the treatment

of obstetrical brachial plexus lesions (8min.+2)

A. Berger, R. Hierner (Isernhagen, Germany)

35 Adaptation of the cortial motor network following heterotopic

hand replantation probed by FMRI and effective connetivity analysis (8min.+2)

S.B. Eickhoff, M. Dafotakis, C. Grefkes, N.J. Shah, K. Zilles, H. Piza-Katzer (Jülich, Germany)

36 A gradient for neuroplastic capacity within the primary motor cortex:

Indications from a case report post hemispherectomy (8min.+2)

J. Rath, R. Schmidhammer, T. Steinkellner, N. Klinger, A. Geißler,

R. Beisteiner (Vienna, Austria)


11.00 - 11.30 hrs Coffee break

11.30 - 12.20 hrs VI) Diagnostic

Chair: S. Kauhanen (Helsinki, Finland), S. Strafun (Kyiv, Ukraine)

37 Pre-, Intra- and Postoperative Electrophysiological Analysis of Recovery

of Peripheral Nerves in Ballistic Injuries (8min.+2)

M. Alon, S. Rochkind (Tel Aviv, Israel)

38 Biopsy of the posterior interosseous nerve, an alternative method

for evaluation of peripheral nerve disorders (8min.+2)

N.O.B. Thomsen, M Mojaddidi, R.A.Malik, L.B. Dahlin (Malmö, Sweden)


39 The Breathing muscle (8min.+2)

A. Vass, W. Grisold, R. Schmidhammer (Vienna, Austria)

40 Diagnosis and dynamics of restoration

of the traumatic radial nerve injury (8min.+2)

S. Strafun, O. Gayko, V. Gayovich (Kyiv, Ukraine)


12.20 - 13.00 hrs VII) Round Table TIMING

Chair: H. Millesi (Vienna, Austria)

H. Millesi, G. Brunelli, M. Wiberg, D. Chiu, G. Terenghi, T. Brushart

13.00 - 14.00 hrs Lunch Break

14.00 - 15.30 hrs VIII) Clinic and lumbo-sacral plexus

Chair: H. Giocoli (Buenos Aires, Argentina), S. Rochkind (Tel Aviv, Israel)

41 Ballistic Injuries of Peripheral Nerves:

Clinical Aspects (8min.+2)

S. Rochkind, M. Alon, M. Graif (Tel Aviv, Israel)

42 Restoration of elbow flexion by bifascicular nerve transfer in

adult traumatic upper brachial plexus injury (8min.+2)

M. Spies, C. Radtke, A. Gohritz, P. Vogt (Hannover, Germany)

43 Selective Microsurgical Reconstruction of external rotation

in C5-C6 and C5-C7 obstetric brachial paralysis (8min.+2)

A. Muset Lara (Barcelona, Spain)

44 Secondary hand 3 reconstruction needs a primary microsurgical strategy (8min.+2)

A. Muset Lara, A. Moratona (Barcelona, Spain)

45 Is phrenic nerve transfer a safe procedure for children with brachial plexus injury?

A clinical matched study of 34 cases (8min.+2)

L. Chen (Shanghai, China)

46 Results of ulno-dorsal perforator flap after intrafiscicular neurolysis

for recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome (8min.+2)

R. Hierner , A. Berger (Leuven, Belgium)

47 Microsurgical Treatment of Lumbosacral Plexus Injuries (8min.+2)

H. Giocoli (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

48 Lumbosacral plexus lesion (8min.+2)

A. Alexandre (Treviso, Italy)

49 Surgical treatment of lesion of the lumbosacral plexus with special reference

to the lumbosacral trunk (8min.+2)

H. Millesi (Vienna, Austria)

15.30 hrs Summaries of the Symposium and Closing


11.00 - 11.30 hrs Postersession - Sunday, March 16, 2008

P01 Median nerve laceration in palm of both sensory and motor branches

managed by nerve grafts assisted by electric stimulator, case report

I. Ignatiadis, A. Barbitsioti, A. Avram, K. Liodakis, N. Gerostathopoulos (Athens, Greece)

P02 Results of the median and ulnar nerve regeneration after distal nerve injury

treated with microsurgical technique in a 20 year period (1984-2003)

I. Humhej, M. Sames, K. Saur, R. Bartos, P. Vachata,

A Hej (Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic)

P03 The Assessment of functional outcome of median and ulnar nerves neurorraphy.

retrospective analysis

G. Yaghjyan, B. Grigoryan (Yerevan, Armenia)

P04 NGF-S7 Neurotrofic Factor combined by an epineural conduit technique

for bridging short nerve defect in rabbit

A. Barmpitsioti, I. Ignatiadis, A. Patralexis, S. Defteraios, A. Papalois, K. Soultanis ,

A. Zoubos, P.N. Soucacos (Athens, Greece)

P05 Musician´s thumb tip neuroma in a drummer. Treatment with excision

and neurovascular kite flap

I. Ignatiadis, S. Galanakos, S. Vasilas, A.Mavrogenis, N. Gerostathopoulos (Athens, Greece)

P06 Otfrid Foerster - a self-taught founder of modern reconstructive nerve surgery

L.A. Dellon, M. Guggenheim, M. Spies, P. M. Vogt (Hannover, Germany)

P07 Fluorescent dyes for retrograde labeling of primary sensory neurons:

a comparison of fluoro-ruby, fluoro-emerald, true blue, fluoro-gold and

diamidino yellow

T. Zele, U. Kovacic, J. Sketelj, F.F. Bajrovic (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

P08 Brachial plexus surgery in Hungary

S. Pintér (Szeged, Hungary)

P09 Schwann cells and muscle fibers share a common autotrophic loop based

on NRG1/ErbB signalling pathway: perspectives for improving postsurgical

peripheral nerve regeneration

S. Nicolino, A. Panetto, S. Raimondo, G. Gambarotta, M. Guzzini, B. Battiston, P. Tos, S.

Geuna, I. Perroteau (Orbassano (TO), Italy)

Main Author´s Index

Author Presentation

Alexandre, A. 48

Alon, M. 37

Aspalter, M. 02

Beisteiner, R. 36

Berger, A. 34

Borschel, G. 24

Bozkurt, A. 17

Brejnikow, M. 15

Brunelli, G. 16,17

Brushart, T. 01

Chen, L. 45

Chiu, D. 13

Dahlin, L. 23

Eickhoff, S. 35

English, A. 09

Geuna, S. 22, P09

Giocoli, H. 47

Gohritz, A. P06

Gordon, T. 05

Halat, G. 04

Hierner, R. 46

Humhej, I. P02

Ignatiadis, I. 20, P01, P04, P05

Author Presentation

Kalbermatten, D. 25

Kauhanen, S. 18, 19

Kovacic, U. 29

Millesi, H. 32, 49

Muset, A. 43,44

Nógrádi, A. 12

Pintér, S. P08

Rochkind, S. 06, 31, 41

Saito, H. 03

Sannino, A. 26

Schmidhammer, R. 30

Sinis, N. 11

Spies, M. 42

Strafun, S. 40

Terenghi, G. 07

Thomsen, N. 38

Tos, P. 10, 28

Vass, A. 39

Walder, N. 14

Wiberg, M. 21

Yaghjyan, G. P03

Ylä-Kotola, T. 08, 33

Zele, T. P07


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